Friday, November 05, 2010

Ears, Fingers and Hands: Rapid Progress in Replacement Body Parts

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Ears, Fingers and Hands: Rapid Progress in Replacement Body Parts

Face transplants are only the start. The Pentagon's Afirm Program, a collaborative effort between 14 institutions, is already in clinical trials on a new approach to transplanted hands. By eliminating the need for immunosuppressant drugs, surgeons minimize the risk of long-term side effects.



And lifelike prosthetics, including ears, noses and eyes, are now customized to the patient, thanks to 3-D modeling, skin-tone matching and titanium implants that allow the prosthetics to adhere to the body using magnets



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